Thursday, September 8, 2011

Most Valuable Players

We usually don't write about TV shows, but this is a pretty big deal.  As you may have read about already, Most Valuable Players, the documentary about the Freddy Awards, will air tonight on the OWN network at 9pm.  It's always great when Lehigh Valley events get national press!  Check out the write-up below for more information.


Matt Roush of TV Guide has written a glowing preview of Most Valuable Players, choosing the documentary as the Sleeper of the Week in the most recent issue.

Sleeper of the Week: “Like a real-life Glee, and possibly the most charming and disarming documentary since BBC America's The Choir last summer, the OWN Documentary Club presents Most Valuable Players (9/8c), which puts the spotlight on the "Freddy Awards," a yearly competition for high school musical theater in the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) region. This 90-minute film tracks three high schools as they put on their shows - the rivalry intensified when two schools decide to do Les Miz - then sweat out the nominations and awards. The camaraderie among the theater kids is touching and funny, and the emotion is palpable when the awards' ebullient coordinator is diagnosed with cancer but is determined to present the award for that year's outstanding musical production. I can't remember when I last enjoyed a Tony broadcast this much. A genuine treat.”

The Canyonback Films’ documentary is centered around the 2008 State Theatre FREDDY© Awards and will make its world TV premiere on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) this Thursday, September 8th, 9 PM ET as part of the OWN Documentary Club.

Most Valuable Players focuses on the FREDDY Awards, a live television event honoring outstanding high school musical theater in New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Demonstrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, the film follows three theater troupes on their creative journey to the elaborate award ceremony - the Tony Awards for high school musicals.  The film was the winner of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival Documentary Channel Audience Award.  A Canyonback Films production, the documentary is directed and produced by Matthew D. Kallis and written and produced by Christopher Lockhart.
Rosie O'Donnell hosts the OWN Documentary Club helping select key films and inspiring deeper conversations.  ro*co productions serves as a partner for the OWN Documentary Club to help source and identify relevant documentaries for OWN.

TWEET Event during the premiere
Most Valuable Players’ Director Matthew Kallis and Writer/Producer Christopher Lockhart will participate in a Tweet Event on TWITTER during the world television premiere of the movie on OWN this Thursday, September 8th. Viewers can tweet comments and questions during the event by including the hashtag  #mvp in their tweets.

Reunion Special online after the premiere
After the premiere, viewers can catch up with the cast when On Stage with Most Valuable Players, a reunion special taped at the State Theatre on August 26th, streams on OWN’s website at

For more information visit:
Most Valuable Players website:

OWN website:

FREDDY© Awards website:

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